Many members and guests packed into the church for services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Christmas Eve service was built around nine lessons and carols that conveyed God’s plan of salvation, from the fall in the Garden of Eden to the day when Christ triumphantly returns. Multiple members of the congregation participated in the readings, including Sunday School kids, catechism students, and various members of church leadership. The service culminated in the singing of Silent Night by candle light.
Christmas Day worship, or The Feast of the Nativity, included even more great Christmas hymns, as well as a reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2, and the sacrament of Holy Communion. All told, it was yet another blessed Christmas in which many were able to offer praise to the Word made flesh who has made his dwelling among us!
Christmas for Kids 2018
Fifteen kids arrived at St. John’s on Dec. 8 for an afternoon of fun Christmas activities: making ornaments, running gift stack relays, and eating plenty of treats. They also had a chance to learn about how Jesus Christ is the light of the world that the darkness has not overcome!
Construction Begins on Oakwood Road
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the area of Oakwood Road that runs under the freeway will be closed as part of the I-94 reconstruction project, beginning on Monday, October 29 until late 2019. Travelers will have to use Howell Ave, Ryan Rd, and 27th St to get around the construction. You can get current traffic updates at wi.511.gov.
175th Anniversary Service Celebrated
St. John’s rejoiced in celebration of its 175th anniversary on September 30. Pr. Mark Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Synod, offered a resounding message as guest preacher: what we strive to build will ultimately fail, but the Lord blesses his church with his Word, saving countless souls through the pulpit, baptismal font, and communion rail - and his work always endures. (You can hear it again at our Sermon page) Pr. Reckzin served as liturgist, while multiple musicians, the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary chorus, and our Sunday School children all beautified the service.
Afterwards, members and guests enjoyed a banquet, complete with a chicken dinner and a full roasted pig. There were also numerous photos, books, and other historical artifacts set out for viewing, some of them well over a century old. Speakers for the banquet included Erika Bahr, who is a lifelong member of St. John’s and a direct descendent of Daniel Goelzer, a German immigrant who left his home country and arrived in the Oakwood area; his cabin served as the first worship space in the 1830s.
Pr. Reckzin also addressed the congregation, giving thanks to God for the funds that have been raised so far this year with our special offering, Forever Thankful. And in a turn to the future, the latest architectural renderings for our future building project were revealed, illustrating what our church could like like in the years to come.
Newest Building Concept
At our anniversary banquet on September 30, a new building concept was revealed. This one offered substantially more detail and is the result of much discussion and feedback between our committee and the Tredo Group. Notable features include a smaller fellowship hall, and accessible entrance on the east side of the church, an elevator to the basement, and a new steeple designed to look like the 19th century original. Feel free to share your thoughts on this particular design with Long Range Planning Committee chairman Aaron Lambrecht.
2019 Holy Land Trip
Do you want to understand the history and geography of the Holy Land better? Would you like to isit the places the Bible mentions? Pastor Reckzin and Pastor John Roekle of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, will be hosting a ten-day trip next summer, June 11-20, 2019. The approximate cost is $4052 per person, based on double occupancy. This price includes round-trip flight, hotel, transportation, entrance to sites, most meals, and official tour guide. (Price does not include passport, lunches, laundry, or souvenirs) There will also be an option for a three-day extension to the city of Rome (Cost is $1800) on the way back from Israel. This trip is open to all members of St. John's, friends, relatives, and anyone interested in adding to their understanding of the Scriptures and growing in their faith. Brochures with more details are also available. To learn more about this trip, visit the Imagine Travel website. Group size is limited to 46 people. Speak with Pr. Reckzin with any further questions.